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3 Seattle Podcasts With Unique Voices

By Kate Clark | Special to The Seattle Times

Anyone can talk about anything.

That’s the beauty of podcasting, says Eula Scott Bynoe. She’s one-third of “Hella Black Hella Seattle,” a new podcast creating community for people of color in Seattle.

Bynoe, Jasmine Jackson and Alaina Caldwell started “Hella Black Hella Seattle” in May because, they say, there was nothing like it, and there needed to be. They planned to take a break from the podcast (hellablackhellaseattle.com) in September, but after an overwhelmingly positive response, they decided to keep it up.

“You know this is such a cis-gender, white city,” Bynoe says. “It is that weird thing where you see people of color but you don’t see them, we walk by them but we don’t hear them, we don’t know what’s going on with them. A real big part of the show, too, is to say a lot of people are here and they are doing really amazing things that are being recognized world-round, but not necessarily in our backyard.”

Listening to “Hella Black Hella Seattle” is like dropping in on a conversation, with the trio discussing topics ranging from race to Seattle’s best happy hours, as well as interviewing at least one significant Seattleite per episode.

“We are hella black and hella Seattle, that’s what we are promoting,” Caldwell explains. “If you identify with one of those that’s awesome; if you don’t, that’s not what we are trying to do for you.”

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Skagit Valley satisfies cravings for art, food and beer

As we crossed the border into Skagit County, my friend and day-trip partner laughed and murmured, “We’re in the boondocks now!” Of course, only about an hour north of Seattle, on our way to Edison, we weren’t exactly in the boondocks. But we’d just seen a bald eagle and a hawk; for a couple of college students usually confined to the University District’s cement jungle, it was quite the contrast.

With a strict day’s budget of $99, including food, fun and gasoline, my friend and I explored the Skagit Valley. We spent most of the day around Bow and Edison but stopped in La Conner and Mount Vernon. In Edison, we ate what we decided are Washington state’s best tacos (certainly the best vegan tacos), bought a few one-of-a-kind knickknacks and ended our eight-hour expedition sipping IPAs in Mount Vernon.

First stop: Edison…

‘Me Before You’: sweet, but no heat

The Princess Leia buns and eclectic outfits Jojo Moyes wrote for Louisa “Lou” Clark in her novel “Me Before You” don’t disappoint on screen. Lou (Emilia Clarke) is decked out in her black-and-white furry striped coat, dresses patterned with butterflies and vegetables, and a wild collection of brightly colored tights and shoes that resemble the bouquet of multicolored daisies she holds in one scene.

Twenty-six-year-old Lou, who lives in a picturesque British tourist town, becomes a caretaker for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy local 30-something who’s paralyzed from the neck down. Will’s cynical sense of humor and outright rudeness doesn’t faze Lou; soon, the two seem to be in love, with Lou determined to convince Will (who is contemplating assisted suicide) to keep on living. Unfortunately, the story makes it seem as if Will, because of his disability, has no reason to keep living aside from maybe Lou’s antics…

http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/movies/me-before-you-sweet-but-no-heat/